Player Ratings: USMNT 2-0 Mexico

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BY PATRICK MacDONALD
Staff Writer

Dos a Cero.

It has to be a scoreline that just haunts the Mexican National Team at this point. It wouldn’t be so far fetched to wonder if Clint Dempsey purposely missed his late PK just for the psychological effect “Dos a Cero” would carry in the minds of their southern rivals.

Anyway, the U.S. played a strong match against an initially solid Mexican side that quickly faded as the Yanks established dominance in the second half. With the 2-2 result between Honduras and Panama, this win puts the U.S. in the 2014 World Cup.

Remember when they weren’t qualifying back in February? Me neither.

Onto the ratings.

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Tim Howard GK – 7.5
No matter what, this guy gets up for Mexico. Made a couple nice saves to keep this one firmly in control for the Yanks.

Fabian Johnson RB – 6.5
Solid night cut unexpectedly short. Very good at tracking back and on the attack. Reminded everyone why he’s a top-rate defender with the way he streaked up and down the wing.

Omar Gonzalez CB – 5.5

Was overall solid, shutting down a few Mexico attacks. That being said, there were a few moments early where the young centerback showed his inexperience.

Clarence Goodson CB – 6.5
Goodson was the calming presence in the back. Made a number of cool clearances in shutting down Mexican attacks.

DaMarcus Beasley LB – 6.5
Solid night at left back that may have cemented Beasley as the regular left back starter for some time. Helped take the attack to Mexico as well.

Kyle Beckerman CM – 6
Stayed home in front of the backline, cleaning up a few messes. His passing got better as the night went on.

Jermaine Jones CM – 7
Did his best to play Bradley’s role and did a mighty fine job at it. Had a nice shot in the first half, and tracked back well, even breaking up a scoring opportunity.

Alejandro Bedoya RM – 6
Pretty active night for the Nantes midfielder. Created a few dangerous chances in the offensive zone and tracked back very well on defense.

Clint Dempsey CAM – 7

Had a hand in each goal, clearing a lane for EJ and getting a light touch on Donovan’s notch. Was also great late as he had a number of time killing possessions in Mexico’s zone. We’ll forgive him for his meaningless PK miss on a half-hearted attempt.

Landon Donovan LM – 8
That spectacular Gold Cup form has now made its mark on World Cup Qualifying. His corner kick found Eddie Johnson’s for the opening goal, and of course, he put the match away with his nice touch.

Eddie Johnson F – 7
Nearly scored on an earlier corner before putting one in early in the second half. Did what he had to do to fill in the large shoes of Jozy Altidore.

Substitutions:

Michael Parkhurst RB – 6

Did what he had to do to replace the injured Johnson. Even made one or two trips into the offensive zone.

Mix Diskerud CM -7
Made a near instantaneous impact on the game upon his entry. Displayed a number of deft touches before sending in a cross that found Landon Donovan’s boot to put the game away.

Graham Zusi RM – Inc

Came on late with the game pretty much in hand.